So recently there’s been those tier makers going around and one was made for popular YA novels, which made me realize there’s actually a lot of popular YA that I’ve never read. So I decided to make a little list of the ones I haven’t read… and then debate whether or not to read them.
Disclaimer: I am not here to drag your favs and hurt feelings. If you want me to read one of these books definitely leave me a comment and tell me some of your favorite things about them. You might just convince me to change my mind.
Honestly, I was never interested in this series because books based primarily around romance & love triangles weren’t really my thing as a teenager. I had several friends who loved this series but I don’t plan to read it.
The Young Elites
I don’t know much about this series other then that it’s kinda like a villain origin story? Or maybe it’s just morally gray characters? I’m not sure but I do love Marie Lu’s books so I actually do want to read this series. When will I read it? Only god knows.
Twilight has been an odd one for me because as a teenager I didn’t like vampires and I was the jerk who was obsessed with being “not like other girls”. So I stayed clear of Twilight for a very long time due to my distaste for “popular” teen girl books. (Yeah okay, I know I was obnoxious… good thing people change!) I grew up during my junior year of high school and gained a lot more confidence in myself and learned I didn’t have to compare myself to other girls to be special. Now I have a fondness in my heart because I know this book was responsible for getting a lot of people into reading teen books again and it definitely helped revive YA as a genre. Personally, I don’t know when I’ll read it but I absolutely do plan on reading the first book so that I can see what the hype is about. (If anyone does a Twilight read-a-thon in the summer hmu.)
Eleanor & Park
Two words: no & no. For anyone who might not be aware, there are some racist quotes about Asian people in this book and it made a lot of own voices reviewers I support upset. As far as I know, there was no apology for the way these scenes were written, so I will pass on this one.
Graceling realm Series
Fun fact #1: I didn’t even know this series existed until last year.
Fun fact #2: Immediately after asking my friend about the series, she sent me home with the first book.
Fun fact #3: It’s still sitting on my shelf unopened.
Okay so there was this running theme in 2010 of these paranormal YA books but like edgy. Books like the Fallen series (please never read it) and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer belong in that category along with Hush, Hush. No shade or anything but that very specific genre was never something I enjoyed and I’ve always found it incredibly hard to get into. Sorry guys, I definitely won’t be reading this one.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
I feel like maybe I can’t say I never read this series because I did start the first chapter of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. However, for some reason I never progressed farther and I’m not sure why. Again this is one of those books that I feel like was made for its time, so I’m probably not going to read it unless something wild happens like they make a show about it.
Well that concludes my little list! If you feel strongly that I’m wrong and should read some of these books please pitch them to me in the comments. Also I’m curious, what popular YA books have you guys not read? If you make/have a post talking about it, I’d love to see!